THE MATHESON BRIDGE MURAL UNVEILING - SATURDAY, MAY 19, 2012 FROM 4-6PM
The Matheson Bridge is finally finished and it's now time to celebrate! Saturday, May 19th from 4-6PM - The Matheson Bridge Unveiling! The street will be shut down to celebrate the completion of our first official gateway into NoDa. The May 20th Society's reenactors will be onsite firing their cannons and muskets - we will have live bluegrass music on the stage - and the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery will be featuring their limited edition Captain Jack Pilsner with a label featuring the Capt. Jack from the bridge. Come celebrate all that NoDa has accomplished and the history of Mecklenburg County! See you Saturday, May 19th from 4-6PM at the Matheson Bridge Mural (N. Davidson St. / Charles Ave.).
This event is open to the public and free.
On Saturday, June 18, NoDa's Greenification Committee teamed up with Will Puckett to clean up the embankments and surrounding areas of the Matheson Bridge. Over 35 volunteers logged almost 100 volunteer hours and cleared so much overgrowth, trash and debris that the piles stretched down Charles Avenue from N. Davidson all the way to Clemson.
The turnout was unlike anything the Greenification Committee, or the Pucketts themselves, had ever witnessed.
Volunteers included the usual Greenification regulars along with neighbors from Villa Heights. The No. 7 Firemen joined in the fun after seeing a flyer posted along N. Davidson about the event. They pressure washed the embankments and even let folks take turns spraying the fire hose. Even Aisha Alexander, head of the City of Charlotte Neighborhood Matching Grants program, which awarded NoDa a $25,000 grant towards the project, came out to volunteer and support the cause.
Both the turnout and final product exceeded everyone's wildest expectations. Neighbors came ready to work, with rakes, shovels, trucks and power tools. NoDa's own Phillip Ingold secured the donation of a backhoe from Neff Rentals for the weekend and spent Friday evening before the event and Saturday clearing brush and ripping down dying trees. For anyone who came and worked, or witnessed the event unfold, it was truly an accurate representation of the greatness of NoDa.